Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Tasting
At Wind River Brewing Company
by Terry Allen
April 25, 2018
Pink Boots Collaborators (female beer lovers...and me) got together at the Wind River Brew Pub Tuesday evening, April 24th to taste Emily Johnston's creation, Mountain Woman Ale.
On March 8th we did a story on this brew just as ingredients went into the vat. We all got to inhale the heady aroma of the hops combination Emily created for the brew. They were, Palisade®, Simcoe®, Mosaic®, Citra® and Loral®. It is now a month and half later and it is ready, on tap and delicious!
Emily made twenty barrels. There are two kegs per barrel and there are about 15-1/2 gallons per keg. So if you do the final calculation, it means you better get down there and try a pitcher before it is gone, because Emily told me: "I want to drink it all."
Ritchie always seems to stay quietly in the background, but I wanted his opinion. "She did a really good job on her own," he said. "It's a real nice hoppy pale ale."
I think Emily really does like her own beer. She was carrying it and sipping it comfortably as she spoke about it with the guests. "On the first sip, the Golden Promise malt comes thru very nicely, right after that comes the hops," she said.
Janet liked the taste combination. "It is more fruity than most IPA's, and it is delicious with the spinach and artichoke dip."
The most enthusiastic adventure racer and adventure promoter I know is Darren Hull. He came in a bit late, face flushed from a 3.1 mile evening run. He was carrying his daughter Kinley in one arm and accepted the new beer in his other. "That's phenomenal!" he said. "Well worth the run to get here."
I went up on the steps to a vat and looked around the room to take a shot of the gathering. There was sort of a glow in the room. The beer was a success and everyone knew it. Maybe that glow was coming from Emily...or maybe it's just nice to have a Brewmaster without a mustache.
Thank you Dawn Ballou at Pinedale Online for sponsoring this story.
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